Breast Cancer Survivor Chooses Hormone Replacement

One of my patients wrote the following testimonial:

“I am a 42 year old breast cancer survivor, and I have been struggling with hormonal imbalance and weight issues since completing chemotherapy and to top it all off a hysterectomy over a year ago. I have been searching for a solution other than pharmaceuticals to just feel healthy and alive again after many years of suffering. I have been seeing Dr. Bloem for about a month and I have never felt better.  I wish I had met Dr. Bloem 5 years ago.”

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often feel like they are stuck between a rock and hard place. Even though there is no evidence that there is any relationship between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and the development of any kind of cancer, many doctors believe that hormones should be avoided if a patient has been diagnosed with cancer.

Although conventional cancer specialists routinely recommend surgically removing the tumor, infusing the body with toxic chemicals, and therapies that have anti-hormonal effects, increasing numbers of patients have started to question these treatment strategies. One the one hand we know that patients have survived such therapies, but we also know that many have suffered severe adverse reactions, including death. Many who undergo and survive such therapies experience a symptoms of hormone deficiency, causing a dramatically reduced quality of life.

That is why women like this patient choose bioidentical hormonal replacement therapy. This woman is on the Wiley Protocol®, a rhythmically dosed, bioidentical hormone replacement regimen. The results are often life changing, causing symptoms such as depression, dry skin, hair loss, low libido to improve significantly or to resolve completely.

BHRT Success: “My Husband Has Been Amazed and Grateful to Have His Wife Back”

This 59 year old woman presented to my office about one year ago complaining of hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, feeling mentally dull and irritable, trouble concentrating and focusing, memory problems, cold intolerance, depression, weakness, joint stiffness, muscle aches, low libido, and weight gain.

Her success story is one of many of women and men who are able to regain their youthful vitality after restoring their hormones to youthful levels using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

The Wiley Protocol is a cutting-edge method that not only restores the hormone levels to optimal, but also does so rhythmically following the patterns that we normally see in healthy young women. Postmenopausal women who no longer have periods will follow the moon phase calendar as they as they apply accurately measured amounts of hormones to the skin each cycle.

Here is the patient’s testimonial:

“Next to meeting my husband and starting a family 32 years ago, Dr. Bloem is the best thing to ever happen to me!

During and after menopause 10 long years ago, I suffered terribly from night sweats and mood swings. I was a miserable and unhappy woman and I did not understand why.  I took anti-depressants and they did not do much.  I felt irritable and crabby almost every day.  I had trouble sleeping and getting along with my cherished family.

After I heard about bio-identical hormones, I found a female doctor in Frederick who wanted to surgically place hormone pellets under my skin after I signed a one year contract agreeing to pay her $300 a month for one year on an automated payment system in order to ensure that I would stick with the program.  Right away, my antenna went up to the strong possibility of future problems but I paid the money up front as required.  Then, I could not get her to return my phone calls!  I was hormonally enraged and disgusted!  Not a pretty sight.

I immediately withdrew as a patient of this doctor (minus my deposit) and then I went back online to search for Dr. Bloem, whom I had earlier dismissed as out of my price range. After the unfortunate experience with the “boutique” doctor, I realized that Dr. Bloem was actually quite reasonably priced AND he was willing to make payment plans.  No payments in advance required.

Then the best part of my story happened.  I met Dr. Bloem and after a thorough check up, arranged to try the Wiley Protocol.  I swear, the next day, I felt like a new and improved woman!  I do not know if it was a placebo effect or what- but I was positively euphoric, just ask my family!  I think that feeling almost immediately better after feeling so tired and thyroid deficient for so long, just made me feel truly on top of the world.  I had energy again and I had my sense of humor back.  My daughter even asked me, “Mom, is this what you used to be like, when you were young???”

Unfortunately, after a month or two of the Wiley Protocol, I learned that the high dosages were a bit much for my system and I was afraid to reveal my secret to the good Dr. Bloem for fear of being taken off the hormones altogether.  Finally, I did manage to suck it up and confess my concerns to the doctor and I was so relieved to find that we could adjust and fine tune all the hormones!

Now, with the personalized amounts of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that work for my body, l am back to my old self.  I enjoy life, enjoy my family and I have energy and good health.  My thyroid problems have disappeared and my mood is consistently positive and pretty darn joyful.  My adult daughters think I am a really relaxed and humorous and my husband and I are no longer fighting.  I have remembered why I married him and our love is stronger than ever.  My husband has been amazed and grateful to have his wife back.

When I think how I suffered for 10 years with postmenopausal symptoms,  I feel bad for all of the wasted time,  but more than that,  I am so full of gratitude to Dr. Bloem for  restoring me to my former self.

This is nothing but the TRUTH in my unsolicited testimonial of Dr. Bloem’s value in reinvigorating and giving women back the quality of life that every woman deserves in order to have loving and fulfilling relationships.

Sometimes I think of my poor grandmothers.  If only they had Dr. Bloem in their lives!  We are very fortunate to have opportunities for prolonging our health and happiness in ways that they never could.

I literally give heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Bloem every day of my life, and that is the God’s honest truth.

There are no words to express the blessings of Dr. Bloem offers.  It is a priceless gift.”

Kathy H.
Mount Airy, Maryland

Do Bioidentical Hormones Have Side Effects?

Many people are afraid of the therapeutic use of hormones, even when topic is bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are plant derived (usually from soy or yam) and they are prepared in compounding pharmacies. As such, they are considered pharmaceutical preparations. Most are only available by prescription.

Bioidentical hormones are also classified as drugs in the sense that they are chemical substances that are used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.

This is where it may get confusing. Almost everybody wants to avoid using drugs unless absolutely necessary. One of the reasons is that many drugs have side effects. Some will create chronic dependency, and patients may experience withdrawal symptoms when attempts are made to stop the drug. Although some drugs may effect cure of an illness, many only suppress certain symptoms or physical signs without eliminating the underlying causes or supporting the body’s innate ability to heal.

How does this apply to bioidentical hormones? I believe there is a difference between bioidentical hormones and most other drugs because the former are biochemically exactly the same as the hormones that the human body makes. For that reason the molecules cannot be patented.

Most other pharmaceutical drugs are not normally found in or produced by the human body. Their biochemical structure is unique and patentable. Because they are foreign to the human body they will almost always have side effects to some degree. A possible explanation is that the body’s metabolic and enzymatic systems are not prepared to handle  these foreign molecules.

For example, even a well known over the counter drug such as acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) has side effects which include the development of stomach ulcers and allergic reactions.

I believe that the various chemicals and hormones that the human body makes do not have side effects and that the same is true for bioidentical hormones. The human body contains water and sodium chloride, and synthesizes estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, prostaglandins, and many other chemicals. Does water have side effects? Of course not! However, it is possible to experience SYMPTOMS of an excess or deficiency of water or any other chemical that the human body makes. Examples are symptoms of thirst and physical symptoms of dehydration or water intoxication. These are NOT side effects of water.

Likewise, I believe that bioidentical hormones are among the safest pharmaceuticals that a physician can prescribe. Although I don’t believe that a patient may experience side effects from using bioidentical hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, I do believe that patients may experience symptoms of deficiency or excess of these hormones.

Although I don’t believe that bioidentical hormone therapy has side effects, I do want to emphasize that this type of treatment needs to prescribed carefully. Patients need to be monitored for symptoms of  hormone deficiency and hormone excess. Laboratory testing needs to be performed to ensure optimal results and patient safety.

The layperson may see no difference between drug side effects and the symptoms and signs of hormone deficiency or excess. However, to the experienced clinician the difference is usually quite evident and steps can be taken to optimize therapeutic balance and to protect the patient’s health and well-being.

Hormone Replacement Success – Rhythmic Dosing versus Low-Dose Static Dosing

Lori is a 51 year old patient who first came to my office in April 2007 for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She was interested in traditional low-dose, static hormone replacement therapy so I started her on a combination of progesterone cream, estradiol/estriol (“Bi-est”) cream, testosterone cream, and Armour thyroid.

After starting this therapy she felt better, but still had a hot flash when going to bed and she also felt a little hot throughout the night.

Her sleep was better, but she still woke up once in the middle of the night.

Memory was not as much of a problem but she still had some problem with recall.

In December 2007, I recommended that she switch to using rhythmic bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, following the Wiley Protocol. She started using estradiol and progesterone at dosage levels that follow the pattern that we see in healthy young women.

Within several months after starting the Wiley Protocol she noticed the following improvements:

  • Improved hair
  • Improvement of vaginal dryness
  • Improved skin (less dry).
  • Complete resolution of hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improved sleep
  • Less irritability
  • Improved quality of hair (less thin)

I recommended increasing the dosage of estradiol.

When I saw her for a routine follow up today the patient reported the following improvements:

  • Good libido
  • Improved memory
  • Improved thickness of hair with a return of the natural waviness
  • Improved skin

As compared to using low-dose, static testosterone replacement, she felt that the rhythmic testosterone replacement caused her libido to be more natural. With the low-dose, static dosing regimen her libido was at times too aggressive and she also had more unwanted hair on her legs.

The patient had also been using the Wiley Protocol Face Creme which contains insulin, estradiol, and triiodothyronine (T3) and which helps rejuvenate the skin and fade fine lines and wrinkles. This worked very well for her. I have some patients who reported that this Creme works a lot better than some very expensive skin care products that they had purchased previously.

I now have about 200 patients that have started rhythmic, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy following the Wiley Protocol. It has been a very rewarding experience for me to see many regain their sense of well being and in many cases even regain their lives after restoring their hormones to optimal levels.